Nicolas Maillart: Chaillots Gillis 2011

Made of 100% Chardonnay from Eceuil. Straw color with an elegant effervescent and nice mousse. Complex and exciting nose of Brésilienne nuts, malt, apple jelly, mirabel, tangerines, rose grapefruit, rhubarb compote, nettle and tobacco. After swirling the glass it showed apricot pie, Chinese ginger syrup, praliné chocolate, Puligny Montrachet woody overtones and a complex minerality. The mouthfeel is crisp with lovely dynamics and flavors expand wonderfully but at the same time, it is slightly onctuous. Fabulous attack of crunchy Reinette apples followed by  velvetty lemon curd, pear, mirabel plums and Bréslienne nuts. On the mid palate you get delicious physalis and ripe kumquats with a delicate saltiness. The finish is huge with American cookies with chocolate, sourdough bread, mild Sicilian lemon, puff pastry and elegant yeast. In general I’m not big fan of 2011 for Chardonnay in Champagne but Nicolas Maillart exceeded all my expectations by making this exceptional Blanc de Blancs. You can drink this wine now but it has ageing potential and will get more complex and vinous with time. Highly recommended.

Rating: 88/100
Potential: 91/100